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Forum topic by jeremyslat posted 05-04-2010 01:59 PM 874 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-04-2010 01:59 PM

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I am looking at getting a Grizzly 17 inch 2 hp bandsaw or a 19 inch 3 hp bandsaw. Is there a big difference between 2hp & 3hp motors. Will 2 hp be enough for occasional resawing. I want to save a little money by getting the 2hp but do not want it to bog down.I appreciate some info on these bandsaws.


-- Jeremy, Gary,Indiana

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#1 posted 05-04-2010 02:25 PM


I have a Grizzly Go555. the Go555 is only 1 HP and I have done some light resawing. and my 1 HP seemed to do OK, bogs a little, it dose a lot better with a really good re saw blade so the 2 HP i think would have no problem. i wood get a good re saw blade regardless of what saw you get.


-- -Shawn

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#2 posted 05-04-2010 03:41 PM

Thanks for the info Shawn. I will consider the 17 inch 2 hp. Grizzly has some nice bandsaws for the price. The fun part is tuning the bandsaw.

-- Jeremy, Gary,Indiana

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#3 posted 05-04-2010 04:51 PM

The only real difference between 2 hp and 3 hp will be how fast you can resaw. You’ll have to go a little slower with the 2 hp but you can still resaw wide boards. I have a 2 hp, 18” Jet bandsaw and I have resawed oak boards that are 10” wide. I estimate that I was pushing the board about 8” per minute. That’s slow, but I got the job done just fine.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#4 posted 05-04-2010 05:09 PM

Im thinking of the 17” . Which one of the three ?

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